Seattle Sounders FC 0, vs. New York Red Bulls 1 – Saturday, April 3, 2010
SEATTLE – Macoumba Kandji scored the game’s lone goal to give the New York Red Bulls a 1-0 victory on Saturday night on the Xbox Pitch at Qwest Field.
Seattle Sounders FC (1-1-0, 3 points) set club records with nine corner kicks in the first half and 12 for the game. Bouna Coundoul made five saves as Red Bulls (2-0-0, 6 points) posted their second straight shutout and snapped a 27-game road winless streak.
New York scored in the 21st minute. Seattle knocked down a corner kick that forward Macoumba Kandji gathered. Kandji’s left-footed strike bounced off of the crossbar before landing in the net.
Sounders FC finished with a 17-10 advantage in shots. Steve Zakuani nearly equalized shortly after the goal, but in the 23rd minute his drive from 18 yards was deflected over the crossbar by Coundoul.
Two chances in the 5th minute nearly gave Seattle an early lead. Zakuani beat his defender down the left side and found Fredy Montero in the box. Montero’s shot was deflected by the Red Bulls’ defense and Brad Evans collected the rebound for a shot that Coundoul saved.
A flurry of opportunities midway through the second half nearly tied the game for Seattle. In the 66th minute, Ljungberg’s pass across the box found Montero who lined up a shot that was deflected by Red Bulls’ defense.
Then in the 69th minute, Ljungberg found a streaking Zakuani who drove into the middle of the box. His shot was deflected out of bounds by the diving keeper. Minutes later, a free kick by Ljungberg was headed by Tyrone Marshall at the far post but missed wide left.
Freddie Ljungberg started tonight’s match after suffering a lower back injury ten days ago against Philadelphia Union. Ljungberg was issued a yellow card in the 10th minute for a reckless foul in the midfield.
New York head coach Hans Backe was not on the sideline for tonight’s match. Backe experienced stomach pains in the morning and was taken to a local hospital for examination before returning to the team hotel. Red Bulls played under the direction of assistant coach Richie Williams.
James Riley also started after serving a one-game suspension in the opener.
Pat Noonan, making his Seattle debut, entered the game in 56th minute for Roger Levesque. Noonan, a two-time MLS All-star selection, signed on March 31.
Rookie David Estrada made his MLS debut, entering the match in the 83rd minute for Leo Gonzalez. Seattle selected Estrada with the 11th overall selection in the 2010 MLS SuperDraft.
Saturday night marked the first time that New York defeated Seattle in MLS play. Sounders FC topped the Red Bulls 3-0 in last season’s opener and drew 1-1 in New York in June.
Seattle travels to Sandy, Utah, on April 10 for defending MLS Cup champion Real Salt Lake’s home opener at 6 p.m. PT.
New York Red Bulls (2-0-0) vs. Seattle Sounders (1-1-0)
April 03, 2010 — Qwest Field
NY — Macoumba Kandji 1 (unassisted) 21
New York Red Bulls — Bouna Coundoul, Jeremy Hall, Mike Petke, Tim Ream, Roy Miller, Dane Richards, Seth Stammler, Joel Lindpere, Sinisa Ubiparipovic (Danleigh Borman 79), Macoumba Kandji (Conor Chinn 89), Juan Pablo Angel.
Substitutes Not Used: Andrew Boyens, Austin Da Luz, Tony Tchani, Juan Agudelo, Greg Sutton.
TOTAL SHOTS: 10 (Juan Pablo Angel 3); SHOTS ON GOAL: 4 (Macoumba Kandji 2); FOULS: 22 (Macoumba Kandji 6); OFFSIDES: 3 (Macoumba Kandji 2); CORNER KICKS: 4 (Sinisa Ubiparipovic 2, Joel Lindpere 2); SAVES: 5 (Bouna Coundoul 5)
Seattle Sounders — Kasey Keller, James Riley, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Tyrone Marshall, Leo Gonzalez (David Estrada 83), Roger Levesque (Pat Noonan 56), Brad Evans, Osvaldo Alonso, Steve Zakuani (Sanna Nyassi 76), Freddie Ljungberg, Fredy Montero.
Substitutes Not Used: Patrick Ianni, Nathan Sturgis, Zach Scott, Terry Boss.
TOTAL SHOTS: 17 (Fredy Montero 5); SHOTS ON GOAL: 5 (Steve Zakuani 3); FOULS: 9 (Sanna Nyassi 2); OFFSIDES: 1 (Freddie Ljungberg 1); CORNER KICKS: 12 (Freddie Ljungberg 11); SAVES: 3 (Kasey Keller 3)
SEA — Freddie Ljungberg (caution; Reckless Foul) 10
NY — Mike Petke (caution; Reckless Foul) 35
NY — Macoumba Kandji (caution; Reckless Foul) 62
SEA — James Riley (caution; Unsporting Behavior) 63
Referee: Kevin Stott
Referee’s Assistants: -Darren Clark; Hector Vergara
4th Official: Tyler Ploeger
Time of Game: 1:52
All Statistics contained in this boxscore are unofficial.